Information literacy* has been on my mind recently, so today I went fishing online for updates and interesting news. My search led me to CORA – an open access community of research assignments. CORA has a number of ready made information literacy assignments for librarians. You can even filter results by information literacy concept and academic discipline.
From CORA’s About page:
CORA stands for Community of Online Research Assignments. It is an open access resource for faculty and librarians. It is intended to be a collaborative space for adapting and experimenting with research assignments and sharing the success or lessons learned so that others may benefit.
The site is hosted by Loyola Marymount University Library and funded by a grant provided by the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium. It’s open access, so anyone can join and submit content as long as they are professionally affiliated with an educational institution or have a professional or scholarly interest in information literacy,
5 Noteworthy Resources:
4. An entire 347 page book about information literacy (check out the chapters on “The Poster Session as a Vehicle for Teaching the Scholarly Communication Process” and “Scholarly Communication in the Dentistry Classroom”
5. An information literacy assignment bank (1 page assignments with step-by-step description of the tasks, suggested skill level and learning objectives)
Overall, CORA is a current repository of open access research assignments. Highly recommended – both to search for ideas, or to submit your own home grown assignments.
*Information literacy is defined by the ACRL as “the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.”